A new $10-million to Florida Gulf Coast University is prompting the school to rename its College of Health & Human Services after donor Elaine Nicpon Marieb. Schools officials say the gift will help elevate the college’s work through the following:
- Enabling the creation and support of faculty-led clinical health centers on-campus and elsewhere, providing comprehensive rehabilitation services, behavioral health services and primary care. This will provide a service to the community as well as afford students the opportunity to train in a professional setting.
- Furthering support faculty development in teaching and research.
- Providing funding to ensure state-of-the-art clinical technologies that are current and cutting-edge, ensuring an optimal learning environment that produces exceptional healthcare professionals.
- Providing for tuition waivers and stipends to attract and retain eminent graduate students across all programs.
- Attracting and retaining high-quality faculty and visiting scholars.
- Supporting global healthcare missions to underdeveloped and underserved regions, which will provide students with unparalleled experience in applying their skills, helping them gain confidence and cultivating civically minded health professionals while also benefitting recipients who lack access to regular care.
Marieb, a enowned textbook author, educator and philanthropist, announced the $10 million plesge last month.This commitment is the single largest gift from an individual in the history of FGCU’s Foundation, which raises money for the University. This investment marks a total of $15 million of philanthropic support from Marieb. In 2012, she donated $5 million when the building that houses the College was named in her honor.
“Dr. Marieb’s gift epitomizes the term transformational,” said Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw. “Her gifts will enable the Marieb College of Health & Human Services to reach greater heights of excellence, and provide an even more comprehensive education to our students.”
The agreement states the gift will be given over a five-year period and will continue to enhance the activities of faculty, students and staff to achieve a level of superior education, research and community outreach.
Dr. Mitchell L. Cordova, dean of the Marieb College of Health & Human Services, said: “Dr. Elaine Marieb is a leader among leaders in higher education, impacting millions of students and faculty throughout her career. As the pre-eminent author of undergraduate anatomy and physiology textbooks and laboratory manuals, Dr. Marieb continues to guide students in the most critical and foundational courses as they prepare for careers in Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Medicine. To have her name now associated with our college is an absolute honor and privilege. Our students, faculty and staff will forever cherish the role she has played in shaping our college into one of the best in the state of Florida.”
Cordova believes this second gift to the university validates the confidence she has in FGCU’s faculty and staff in preparing students to be exemplary practitioners and professionals in all aspects of health care.
“We hold this confidence in the highest regard as we strive each day to honor her legacy with
nothing short of excellence,” said Cordova. “Dr. Marieb’s gifts will continue to transform the college – having a profound effect on all of our programs in perpetuity.”